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Nimmo's WC BASH - fuel, flats, friends, fish and the fine
« on: March 26, 2014, 06:25:34 pm »
A RR about, fuel, flats, friends, fish, and the fine

Waver: Alone I tend to take photos with the bike sooooooooo no low blows, I was lonesome…  :deal:
I originally wanted to attend the EC Bash again as it was such a AWESOME bash (thanks Jupiter  :thumleft:), however my schedule looked like it might interfere with the date so at short notice I started thinking about attending the WC Bash.  I only decided on this 4 days after payments were due, however a call to Riebeeker and all was arranged – Man I love WD’s

I have done a trip through Sutherland up to Calvinia before (meaning N/S) but never from Colesberg (E/W). Looking at the map it became apparent it was not going to be a straight route.  All the roads leading to Lamberts Bay run N/S. I would need to zig zag all over the place to make it there and back.  :patch:

FYI 2011 BASH: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=81038.220 ;)

With some advice from ChrisL I started planning my route, my main concern however was fuel.
The HP’s range was 18.5L with the Markus and the fuel points were FAR apart.

I was looking forward to this trip – the only drawback was the area would be desolate and I was on my own as I could not get someone to ride with me. :-\

I left Thursday morning just after 08H00.  Due to time constraints tar all the way to Beaufort West.  It was the start of the long weekend and I was expecting speed traps to be the order of the day, however between Colesberg and B/West I counted 9 traps excluding the static cams :o.  It has become money making racket now…

Riding to B/West it was cold enough for me to zip some vents close.

In B/West I filled up the HP and my stomach and set off.  Just past the Karoo National Park I turned right for Fraserburg. This road runs all along the National Park border.





Less than 4km in the first steenbok ran into the road in front of me.  Not good…  Seemed like the area had not seen much rain and hence the animals would be feeding in the “gange”, I would have to be careful.























The road to Fraserburg was a hidden gem I tell you  ;D - every now and then a small ‘driffie’ and a cutting and then eventually it opened up into a HIGHWAY.  It leaned itself to some nice fast road sections.
 






Arriving in Fraserburg I could not believe my eyes – it was a CLEAN little town, coming from Colesberg and knowing how municipalities are run these days in small towns it was an eye opener.  Give credit where credit’s due – Well done!!!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

I filled up again and headed off to Sutherland via the R356.  By now it was getting warm…
This too was a superb gravel road; I saw the observatory from at least 60km away. 










As the turn off was on the R356 I decided that I made good time and it gave me a chance to ride up to the mountain to go have a look from atop. :ricky:









I made it to Highlander’s place (Jupiter) probably around 16H00, had a nice shower and went walking through Sutherland.

 




You could not believe the main street madness at the start of the long weekend. :imaposer:






Pondering this I thought of fellow dogs sitting in traffic in larger cities – life was good… :biggrin:

Theo has a very nice clean place and the HP was stored in his huge event hall for the night.
 







I had a GIGANTIC sparerib  :drif: and while working my way through it Theo offered to organize me fuel for my return on Sunday and that I would stay there again Sunday night. I hit the bed early

Friday morning




I set off to Middelpos probably just before eight thinking most guinea fowl would by now have left telephone lines and roadsides.  It was a perfect morning, somewhat cool but thinking to myself I would much rather zip up than be grilled. 









Arriving in Middelpos I had to look up Hannes to fill up.  I filled everything to the brim and also filled 2 * 1.5L bottles as emergency fuel.

 




Standing there looking at the 3L strapped to my luggage I could not but help see the irony in the fact that just below the seat was the “Markus” tank ordered from Germany and costing about R7000 holding 7.5L.   :bueller: :peepwall:
The 2 1.5L bottles cost me R6 from Hannes at the shop – What a joke… :laughing4:






Anyhow I had plenty of time to ponder this on my way today, I left direction W heading for Gannagapas.

The roads were dead quite.  The view from the pass was beautiful.















Somehow I got my directions wrong and plotted a small road turning off the road leading from the pass towards the west.  I soon realized this was not the right road and doubled back and made a bit of a roundabout to join up with my next way point.  I just hoped this would not come and bite me in the ass as far as fuel was concerned later on.   :'( :xxbah:
 




The roads nice and fast and you could see far ahead.  Not long after joining up with the R355 I took a sub road to the R364, which joins up just before Botterkloof pass.










Here I decided not to make for Nieuwoudtville and fill up but to chance it to Clanwilliam…






Steadily but surely fuel was becoming an issue.  In the Botterkloof pass a friendly young blond waved me down – she had a flat and the spare was stuck. I stopped and quickly helped her.

:biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:








Here comes the ringer – in 2011 while refueling in Sutherland a bakkie drove into Sutherland and had a flat as well.  Louwtjie and Mapsource offered to help the innocent young lady back then, when we asked where she was heading she said Calvinia she was a medical student…  When I asked ‘my’ blonde where she was heading – to Calvinia she is a medical student…. :spitcoffee: :laughing4:




2 Trips 3 years apart and the same answer what is the chance?






Any case I pressed on and made Clanwilliam with 7km range left.  :sip:



By now it was scorching hot.  I filled up and headed towards Lamberts Bay.  After going downhill and up the other side a traffic cop pulled me off.  I thought would be a regular inspection but nooooo speeding.  At the bottom section was a camera and I was welcome to “go have a look”…  I just accepted the reading and asked him to hurry up I was “haastig”… Also R150 for 137km/h was a bargain. ;D



I made Lamberts Bay and pressed on to the camp site




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Re: Nimmo's WC BASH - fuel, flats, friends, fish and the fine
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2014, 06:27:00 pm »
Arriving there it seemed as if I was in the middle of the guys arriving and started pitching camp. 



















Thanks to Lallie and her husband for supplying me with ice cold cooldrink while I was busy setting up.   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:  Crankshaft left.





After a nice cold shower I started looking up old and new acquaintances. :3some:

For some reason Briv and I tend to meet at any place in the country other than our homes. :pot: :imaposer:



Dolf1000 his wife and son-in-law made for some good company as my neighbors.  Did not take long to figure out we knew someone in common – small world.






Chris and Amanda also arrived with her bike leaking some oil – looked like the sprocket seal had started leaking.



Mapsource



Frannarossi



Why Bottervet?  ??? :deal: :pot:




My “other neighbours”



Riebeeker handed out the braai packs and we were soon feasting on roosterbrood and plenty of meat. :drif: :drif:

I headed of to bed early after a loooong day and at 02H00 woke wondering why the hell someone at a bar would play music so loud for 4 /6 people sitting there and 80 others were trying to sleep… :P :lamer: :xxbah:

Saturday morning was misty and had rain as well.  I just hoped that Sunsday would not start the same way.




















By nine it was ‘livable’ and I rode to L/Bay for some food.  At the harbour I had some nice fish and took a look around.

 














At the harbour they have a bird sanctuary that was interesting. 










The Crayfish festival was being held there as well the weekend but I personally would rather enjoy the sound of the ocean from the camp site. ;)

Kamanya explaining in German numerical French what he had done to his rocket  >:D










By 18H00 we were all at Muisbosskerm and started feasting on the their excellent menu















 We had a wonderful time with new and old friends.  We could not have asked for better… :thumleft:















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Re: Nimmo's WC BASH - fuel, flats, friends, fish and the fine
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2014, 06:27:58 pm »
Sunday everyone was packing up and spirits were high as the mist of the previous day was gone and we could get a early start. 





I set off around 08H00.  Heading back to Clanwilliam I encountered an abnormal load with a blade for a wind turbine – it was GIGANTIC.  :o



In C/William I opted for 3 * 1.5L for my next stretch as I knew it would be further than on Friday.  I headed out to the Cederberg.  What a crisp clear morning. :biggrin:
 








Coming up every hill it gave you a look at where you would be in 30 minutes time.  It was spectacular, I hope you guys around there know what you have at your back door… ;)

At some point I came across this small graveyard – must have been a hard but peaceful life living here…








I took Katbakkies pass to join up with the R355.

   









In the middle of nowhere on the Swartruggensroad found this – maybe someone can shed some light as to who made it etc. ??? ??? ???





From the R355 I turned off heading straight for Sutherland.  This was probably the road that I disliked the most up to about 50km in.  :P





Then the small turns and “slootjies” etc started and I was smiling all the way.  :biggrin: ;D :biggrin: I am no riding god but the HP loves hanging out its rear and launching out of small “graffies”.

 

Approaching Sutherland I was stopped by an Australian couple telling me my ‘friend’ was waiting for me at the next turn off.  When I got there it was a guy on a 650gs that was waiting for a fellow Buff rider that went down on his 1200gs.  That bike I passed about 70km back. He was lost as well with a map that even I could not find his turn off on.  I helped him and set of for the last 40 or so km’s.

It was great parking at Jupiter’s – what a day….

Also fuel kaput…..









Theo made us a fire and I just sat and yawned the night away until dinner, again I ate like a king…  I was in bed by 20H00 – BUSHED.

The following morning I awoke with drizzle and after loading the bike and saying my goodbyes to my new WD friend set off towards Merweville. 




At a certain point I realized the rain was not going to get better and put on my rain suit – the heat gave me new hope for the day.  Soon the road became a road littered with gates and made the ride slow.   :-\












This section of road however was the HIGHLITE of my trip  :biggrin: – it was a undiscovered GEM.  The mist, rain, cold and scenery made it truly spectacular. :deal:















At one point I was so hot from working sand beds and “driffies” that I took the rain suite off but it was not to be for long as periodically the heavens opened up.  I reached Merweville – which is a stern contrast to what I saw in Fraserburg   :dousing: filled up and left town heading for B/West.   



As I turned out onto the road the rain came down HARD.  This was going to be interesting to say the least. :P








At first I took it carefully and slow and in the process spun all over the show this road was MUDDY and SLIPPERY and a nightmare.  After about 5km I thought bugger this and got up to 90km/h and simply forced the front wheel into everything – I felt like Mark Coma  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: – the front stayed stable but the rear was hanging and grabbing left and right all the time.  It was AWESOME  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: – I ENJOYED the next 60km of this until I finally left the rain behind and set off to B/West joining up with the Fraserburg road I had taken but 4 days ago.
 


In B/West I filled up and made for Richmond where due to wind I got 10km/L  :P

I arrived back home in Colesberg at 16H30 – 5 days later with a HUGE grin and some great memories.



Nice seeing the old faces and meeting the new ones - to those who sit and ponder -

GET ON YOUR BIKES AND GO MAKE MEMORIES

BIG THANKS TO ALL CONCERNED IT WAS GREAT



 

 


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Re: Nimmo's WC BASH - fuel, flats, friends, fish and the fine
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2014, 06:47:10 pm »
HEY NIMMO!!!

Blerrie nice pics hoor.  Was lekker om te ontmoet.  Ons maak weer so. :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :ricky:
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2014, 07:38:15 pm »

great ride report excellent phot,s amazing area you covered
 

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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2014, 07:52:45 pm »
Very nice rr, you hit all the good spots :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2014, 08:32:22 pm »
As jy my gese het jy gaan sou ek saam gery het maar ek het mos n KTM ne,ne  :deal:
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2014, 09:26:40 pm »
Awesome thx for sharing nice pics  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Nimmo's WC BASH - fuel, flats, friends, fish and the fine
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2014, 09:38:55 pm »
Hey Nimmo !
Good to see u at the Bashh.
Enjoyed your RR and pics,
Have ridden many of those roads.In the rain too.
Such a fresh smell out there when its raining hey
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2014, 10:48:47 pm »
What a nice RR, thanks Nimmo.
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2014, 10:56:40 pm »
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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2014, 10:56:47 pm »
Great RR enjoyed the ride.   :ricky:  Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2014, 11:07:20 pm »
Was lekker om jou weer te sien Nimmo.
Het dit geniet om die trip saam met jou te ry. :thumleft:
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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2014, 04:06:28 am »
Thanks for sharing  :thumleft:

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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2014, 06:32:56 am »
Great RR , its fantastic riding solo and enjoying riding the way you feel comfortable with. I have been riding solo for awhile now but I have not been putting in the RR, great effort! Thank you for sharing  :thumleft:
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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2014, 04:15:26 pm »
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« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2014, 04:26:42 pm »
Splendid RR!  Thanks for sharing and taking so many great pics!   :thumleft:
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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2014, 12:14:11 am »
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2014, 02:06:58 am »
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2014, 06:09:24 am »
Just like the ride report. Nice to see you have ventured out. You can see by the amount of bikes you meet on the dirt roads that sadly majority are in the GLASKAS.
This was also evident of all the adventure bikes I saw on the weekend. They werer spotless.
I few of us from the EC will be going into that area in April and looking forward to it.
 
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